Receiving the Evcharist: Grip and Lizard King

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

We are back, fine folks, with another delicious pairing, ready to kickstart your end of the week.  Today’s offering is GRIP’s Structure and Pipeworks Brewing Company’s Lizard King.  Drink from the cup of heresy.

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Receiving the Evcharist: Pyrrhic Salvation and Crumb Cake

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Every once in a while, a short new release deserves to be paired with a nice hard beverage to round out what may be the longest week in human history.  Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations.  Drink from the cup of heresy.  This week’s offering: Pyrrhic Salvation’s Manifestum I and Rhinegeist Brewing Company’s Crumb Cake.

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Album Review: Planeswalker — “Tales of Magic”

You know, I kind of can’t believe it’s taken until the year of our lord 2022 for someone to put power metal together with Magic: The Gathering on a big stage.  On paper, it seems like an obvious match made in heaven, especially considering that the immense amount of careful worldbuilding Wizards of the Coast has been doing with the most recent sets lends itself quite well to soaring vocals and bombastic guitars.  Maybe they aren’t the first, but Planeswalker are attempting to ramp up to bigger and better proportions on their debut Tales of Magic, summoning sickness be damned.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Anatomy of Habit — “Even if It Takes a Lifetime”

Whoa!  It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these.  Blame it on whatever you like, but life has been pretty busy around here.  Still, I knew I wanted to get one more of these in before the close of the year, and as soon as I saw the blurb for Even if It Takes a Lifetime, I knew this would be the one.  Not only are Anatomy of Habit hometown heroes, they also do the thing that I love writing about most in this column: effectively straddle the line of genre and blur the region of space between metal and non-metal.

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Album Review: Æpoch — “Hiraeth”

Life is crazy for me right now, so I have a short little review coming at you for a short little release, but one that is no less impressive or worthy of talking about.  A…Tech Byte, if you will (TRADEMARK PENDING).  Ontario tech/prog death foursome Æpoch are following up their well-received 2020 EP The Scryer with another bite-sized offering, Hiraeth, this time looking ahead to the future instead of wistfully recalling the past and showcasing both new blood and a new outlook on their brand of metal.  And boy, what a gruesome future it is they see…

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